Interested in making a rabbit bait station?

09 June, 2016
/ in News
/ By VRAN

Interested in creating a bait station for rabbit control? Below is an excerpt from an article and video produced from Jarod Coote with Connecting Country.

There are lots of available options when it comes to controlling rabbits, and usually an integrated approach involving undertaking multiple methods concurrently is most effective. However, most of these techniques need specialist contractors and equipment. We find that an effective way for landholders to get started on their own is to use Pindone oats with bait stations. Pindone is used as a safer alternative to sodium fluoroacetate (1080), and can be improved further through the use of specially-designed bait stations.

These bait stations are made from 44 gallon (220litre) drums cut in half lengthways with 2 small entrances on either end. The drum covers a short furrow filled with Pindone oats, preventing birds, kangaroos, wallabies and livestock from accessing the oats. Connecting Country has recently developed a short instructional video about the establishment of Pindone Bait Stations:

Make a Rabbit Bait Station from Connecting Country on Vimeo.

3 Comments

  1. Sally Jacka June 9, 2016 5:43 am

    What about Bandicoots? They would go in the trap. Does Pindone kill them?

    Reply
    • Langwarrin Woodlands June 23, 2016 6:05 am

      Hi Sally, we had a couple of workshops on the topic on the weekend. My understanding from this is that bandicoots aren’t big oat eaters and tend to scratch and probe for grubs.

      Heavy duty bait stations are needed to stop wallabies flipping them and eating the bait, and low enough so that ducks etc can’t get in.

      Lorikeets are still at risk however, hence an integrated approach and leaving baiting for the untrappable, unfumagatable bunnies. If bait is collected at sunrise each morning and laid at sunset each night, this should protect the lorikeets.

      I haven’t watched the vid yet but it will probably cover this.

      Ella

      Reply
      • Sally Jacka June 28, 2016 6:11 am

        Hi Ella. I asked a Bandicoot expert and he said that Bandicoots will definitely eat the oats. They will eat just about anything that’s available…bread, lettuce, tomato, potato chips, sausages, rat bait, cat food, carrots, fruit etc etc). The advice you got at the workshop is of concern.

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